New milestone. The opening of the Quarry Room October 2021

New milestone - The opening of the Quarry Room October 2021

The project continues…

Those of you who have been following our efforts to bring our building back to life, may be interested to know that we have reached another important milestone.

After a huge effort, mostly made by volunteers, we were delighted to open the new ‘Quarry Room’ community space to the public for the first time on the 14th of October.  Opening the room was as part of our Community Land Week events to celebrate our achievements since purchasing our new building in March 2020.

The name of the room is a reference to the origins of the village of Pitmedden, which even now is still referred to as The Quarry by some members of the older generation.  We have been fortunate to have received some background and some brilliant photos from local historian Bill Johnston.  We have used some of his photographs to adorn the walls in the room and some people may recognise familiar faces from days gone by.  Anyone keen to learn more about the history of the area can now download his book, ‘Pitmedden: Some historical Notes, Impressions and Memories of a Village’, from Amazon.

Since opening the Quarry Room we have been very pleased to host the Health Walkers each Tuesday morning for their post walk refreshments and blether.

Initial feedback is very positive, and we intend to continue to make the room available to walkers throughout the winter months.  If weather conditions prevent the walk itself from taking place, the room will be open for anyone who wants to come in for a cuppa and a chat.

The room includes a ‘kid’s corner’ which has been specially set up with the needs of younger children in mind.  It was used as the venue for a very successful Halloween crafting morning on Saturday 30th October and some very happy photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.  Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/udnycommunitytrustcompany for regular updates of future events.

The most recent use for the room was this Wednesday evening when the room was arranged to hold the UCTC AGM.  Because the room is now set up with good WiFi links, it was possible to broadcast the whole meeting via Zoom.  Several attendees made use of that facility by attending the meeting remotely.  It is interesting to note that this is something that would probably not have been offered had it not been for the Covid pandemic and the changes to everyday life that have resulted from it.

The diary for this new community space is filling up with a variety of appointments and events.   These range from  ‘Breakfast with Santa’ to be held on the first three Saturdays in December, right through to a proposed cycling event in May.

We are working hard with the community to offer the kinds of events that people tell us they would like to see.

We are always happy to hear from anyone who would like to make use of any of our facilities.

Contact our Development Officer, Yvonne McLeod by email on development@udnycommunitytrust.org.uk or call Tel: 01651 843776/Mob: 07436 811759 to discuss your ideas or requirements.

 

 

 

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